ERIC Number: ED366857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-10
Teambuilding for Better Decision-Making. An Interdisciplinary Course for Educational Leaders.
Berry, James E.; Stickel, Sue A.
This document describes an interdisciplinary course in educational administration designed to develop teambuilding capabilities. The experiential, interdisciplinary approach of the course used the knowledge bases from both educational leadership and guidance and counseling. It is noted that the teambuilding course was designed as a combination of both didactic and experiential components, and that content areas include shared decision-making, historical perspectives, change theory, role of school personnel, basic facilitative skills, and group process theory. A one-day challenge course based on a type of experiential education called adventure learning is described as a cornerstone of the course. Participants, 15 practicing educators, are described and the course format is briefly reviewed. Course evaluations, which were highly positive, are discussed and examples of written comments from participants are included. The discussion and implications section of the document notes that it is important for students in educational administration to experience the collaborative process in a real way in training programs in order to be better able to understand the conditions of collaboration and facilitate the process as school-based leaders in school systems. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (17th, Sarasota, FL, February 9-12, 1994).